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Making some bread is just spontaneously awesome! :D 

By the way are you from Norway? If so that makes us neighbors. Also a thing I need to ask, It's pretty random but hey, you'll never know. It's just that I once met with a Norwegian guy playing this game called Awesomenauts and we became good friends and so. So is there any possibility that it might be you Iversen/Thoive?

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We did it! 30 days baby! I cannot belive it. Well actually i can :-) this is the best thing i have done in my life and i love every second of it! By all means, i could maybe use some fine-tuning : now for instance i have a couple hours before bed and i am not sure what to do. However this is improving every day.

my life is at an all-time high, im exercising with a whole new motivation, i am starting to reach my parkour goals that i set for my self a while back. I just got a girlfriend! This is absolutely huge for me, i have never had a girlfriend before, i have had female friends but you know. I have never really been able to get one, and i do belive it has some of its roots in the gamingaddiction. I have never had my first kiss untill now, and boy was it great xD 

i am working out more, eating as healthy as i have ever done before, girlfriend. I want to thank you Cam very much! I tried quitting once before, but i ended up playing console games instead. This time it is for real. I say no more tv for ever, this means no netflix or cable tv, if im alone, this way i dont do those things without being social at the same time. I still watch youtube, which is bad. But overall, things are looking up for me.

for the record, i am Norwegian :) my name is Thomas for the one who asked, and i havent played awasomeanauts :/ 

i would like to thank the rest of you that replied to my thread aswell, it is really encouraging to see support, atleast in the first week. 

-Thomas

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okay, so i have now gone 95 days without gaming and this may be my last post here, i still can not believe that i managed to overcome my heavy addiction and i would like to thank everyone that replied to my journalposts, and thank Cam especially for making the game quitters forum and the videos that i watched, they really helped me Cam. now you can know that you pretty much saved my life from the consequences of the gaming addiction, and for that i am very gratefull. i have started personal development and playing the guitar, drawing, im practising parkour more than ever before. THANK YOU once again!

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Okay... a couple of days ago, i played some video games at a friends house, i have done this a couple times before where i play with some friends. however, i always said "never play by yourself". in the last 4-5 days, i have been playing some games alone, i installed runescape, and also league of legends i installed today. i just uninstalled both because i can feel the relapse comming. i played two matches on league, and i can already feel my body changing, shaking from the stimulation. so now, i am posting here for a couple of reasons.

1: to let you know, and to promise to myself, that i will NEVER play a single video game ever again, at a friends house, alone, mobile, NEVER. i can't control myself.

2: to get some advice from the rest of you who have most likely been through the same thing

3: to confess to someone i guess.

i am still counting 14th of october as my day of quitting, as i have only played around 10 hours in the past five days, or what do you guys think? should i reset the timer? have two timers? 

thanks for any responses

cheers

-Thomas

 

EDIT: just finnished deleting the games, it sort of feels like starting over. i will make it no matter what, this will be the one where i quit. 

it's funny, the first time i tried to quit, i just quit playing games on my computer, i would watch TV and play on my playstation. second time, (up til now) i would only play with friends, AND NOW i will not play EVER. this is growth in every sense of the word, therefore i won't need to feel guilty, i have learned from this and will apply it in the future. also, guilt won't help me haha. 

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I nearly stared playing videogames today, somehow the cravings have gotten really really bad. i was 80% through downloading LoL, but i cancelled it. i remembered my promise to myself and you guys, but at the time, i felt like i was going to say "fuck it" and game, but here i am, no games.

i will keep my promise. never ever game never ever again.

thank you for the support, it really helps, thank you Cam for this website <3

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I am pretty sure it comes from my lack of purpose. today i have had little to no cravings, and this is because i can see where i am going with what i am currently doing. i am working on fixing this as i am taking Leo gura's "life purpose course". my small relapse i think was due to a need for escape and easy stimulation. to fix this second problem i am starting a nofap period, with no porn, minimal masturbation, and next to no orgasms. i think this will improve my willpower to go out there and "earn" my stimulation :)

things are working out.

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Oh my.

It has been a year since i first posted here. as far as the update goes: I am still not gaming, HOWEVER, i have played a little bit of browser/facebook games lately, though i just quit those too. i have never been this good in parkour in my life, I even got a job as a parkour trainer at my local open gym!! i have taken up rock-climbing and Aikido as i feel those reflect my personality. 

I have grown alot in the past year, more so than ever before in my life, cannot even believe it myself. 4 months of daily meditation and still going. right now i am going through a low in my life, it is just a phase, but i feel the urge to lock my self up, play video games and eat junk. we all experience this as far as i know. one thing that is really comforting is the fact that i am only 17 years old. when i think of my life purpose (which i am currently figuring out, almost got it btw) i think that i have to do it right away. when the fact is that i (probably) have several decades to complete whatever i wish. one goal is spiritual enlightenment, which is where the meditation comes in. but yeah, i have time.

thank you everyone, if it werent for all of you and this site i wouldnt be able to quit even though i felt i needed to <3 see you next year or if i relapse (jokes) ;) 

 

PS: I just re-read all the posts on this topic, and found some interesting stuff to comment on. Cam: you recomended "the power of habit" a while ago, and i recently borrowed it from a friend, really interesting :).

another thing, me and my girlfriend broke up two weeks ago and i am unsure how i feel about it. we werent really doing great in our relationship, however we had no common interests and i felt i wasn't growing anymore from the relationship, so we broke up ( i initiated the break up, but it was a mutual decision if you get me :P ). the problem is that i am now going through this "did i make a mistake?" "i will never get a new girl who likes me" and all of this. becuase she was nice! really kind you know? just want to let you know. heck. you guys probably know more about this than i do. how do you cope with this kind of stuff?

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Missing your ex girlfriend is very normal! Let some time pass and re-think why you broke up :) Don't ask "can I live with her?" but "can I live without her?" If the answer to that is "I think can!", then let her go.

The worst thing you can so is choosing a girl out of the fear of ending up single. Choose your girl because that's the girl you can't do life without :) obviously, it'll take some time until you get that far with another girl... but man, you're 17! :D clichè, but really, you're not in a hurry. 

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My dad sent me this unrelated to any videogames or anything, but it struck me. i can relate to the feeling of hopelessness from gaming and wanting it to stop. enjoy the picture :)

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I want to start gaming again. runescape looks like so much fun...

sooo yeah, over a year since quitting i still get big urges. 

i dont go well with videogames though, it is destructive and i cannot control myself so i wont try.

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sooo yeah, over a year since quitting i still get big urges. 

Do you have hobbies to fill the void with? Gaming fills out many aspects of your life and your new hobbies should ideally reflect what gaming has provided for you in the past.

Ask yourself what draws you to gaming and then I suggest you think about what hobbies could be used to fill that gap. You should check out cam's 60+ hobby ideas if you're stuck.

For me gaming caters to:

  • My competitive side
  • My adventurous side
  • My social side
  • My problem solving side
  • My need for challenge
  • My need for inspiration
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I want to start gaming again. runescape looks like so much fun...

sooo yeah, over a year since quitting i still get big urges. 

i dont go well with videogames though, it is destructive and i cannot control myself so i wont try.

Hang in there. This is a good time to reflect and evaluate what you're really trying to work towards. Anytime I get cravings (still happens from time to time) it's usually when I'm a bit stressed or lacking purpose.

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this is all happening (i think) because i am currently sick and unable to practice/train. being sick really attacks my ability to work on my purpose and mission and this is where the gaming addiction attacks. i am working towards becomming a worldclass master in parkour/movement and having my own training gym. i am going to travel the world making videos and having fun training <3

i am going to do this, it isnt just wishfull thinking ;)

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this is all happening (i think) because i am currently sick and unable to practice/train. being sick really attacks my ability to work on my purpose and mission and this is where the gaming addiction attacks. i am working towards becomming a worldclass master in parkour/movement and having my own training gym. i am going to travel the world making videos and having fun training <3

i am going to do this, it isnt just wishfull thinking ;)

Love it! 

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